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Revised as of September 1, 2021
Goto Year:2020 |
§ 68.2 Scope.
(a) Except as provided in paragraphs (b) and (c) of this section, and
excluding subpart F, which applies only to ACS telephonic CPE, the
rules and regulations of this part apply to direct connection of all
terminal equipment to the public switched telephone network for use in
conjunction with all services other than party line services. Sections
68.4, 68.5, 68.6, 68.112, 68.160, 68.162, 68.316, and 68.317, and other
sections to the extent they are made applicable by subpart F of this
part, also apply to ACS and ACS telephonic CPE that is manufactured in
the United States or imported for use in the United States on or after
February 28, 2020.
(b) National defense and security. Where the Secretary of Defense or
authorized agent or the head of any other governmental department,
agency, or administration (approved in writing by the Commission to act
pursuant to this rule) or authorized representative, certifies in
writing to the appropriate common carrier that compliance with the
provisions of part 68 could result in the disclosure of communications
equipment or security devices, locations, uses, personnel, or activity
which would adversely affect the national defense and security, such
equipment or security devices may be connected to the telephone company
provided communications network without compliance with this part,
provided that each written certification states that:
(1) The connection is required in the interest of national defense and
(2) The equipment or device to be connected either complies with the
technical criteria pertaining thereto or will not cause harm to the
nationwide telephone network or to employees of any provider of
wireline telecommunications; and
(3) The installation is performed by well-trained, qualified employees
under the responsible supervision and control of a person who is a
licensed professional engineer in the jurisdiction in which the
installation is performed.
(c) Governmental departments, agencies, or administrations that wish to
qualify for interconnection of equipment or security devices pursuant
to this section shall file a request with the Secretary of this
Commission stating the reasons why the exemption is requested. A list
of these departments, agencies, or administrations that have filed
requests shall be published in the Federal Register. The Commission may
take action with respect to those requests 30 days after publication.
The Commission action shall be published in the Federal Register.
However, the Commission may grant, on less than the normal notice
period or without notice, special temporary authority, not to exceed 90
days, for governmental departments, agencies, or administrations that
wish to qualify for interconnection of equipment or security devices
pursuant to this section. Requests for such authority shall state the
particular fact and circumstances why authority should be granted on
less than the normal notice period or without notice. In such cases,
the Commission shall endeavor to publish its disposition as promptly as
possible in the Federal Register.
[ 66 FR 7580 , Jan. 24, 2001, as amended at 83 FR 8632 , Feb. 28, 2018]
Goto Section: 68.1 | 68.3
Goto Year: 2020 |
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